I consume a lot of content and also have a lot of thoughts. Aside from the 2.75 people I tell ideas to on a regular basis, these thoughts rarely ever leave my brain. They’re fleeting blurbs passed through a phone speaker, never to be heard again. After looking through projects like Ghost Knowledge and fantastically written articles like Research Debt , I’m starting to see how precious good documentation can be. How much knowledge is lost because people just never bother to write it down?
Fast forward to now, I stand before you, writing up the first entry into my Obsidian vault; a collection of my notes, ideas, ambitions, sorrows, and dreams.
Since I am absolutely full sending this initiative, I want to organize my information in a way that is sensical, flexible, and convenient. More on that below
If you like libraries, you’re probably familiar with the age old Dewey Decimal system, a classification method used by libraries to order and shelve books. Although it has its problems , I appreciate its longstanding ability to map abstract knowledge topics to numerical patterns. Since numbers are easy to manipulate and sort, I figured I would use them too.
My updated version encompasses the topics I find myself more interested in. I call it the Newey Decimal System :) Further deliniations will be created as more and more content is added. For now, I think I’ll just keep things relatively simple.
|000-099||General knowledge||How do we organize information?|
|100-199||Philosophy||Who, what, where, when, and why?|
|200-299||Psychology and Relationships||Who are we when alone and together?|
|300-399||Sociology and Economics||Who are the people around me? How are incentives used for specific outcomes?|
|400-499||Political Systems||How do we organize?|
|500-599||Media Studies||What do we express and through which mediums?|
|600-699||Engineering||How are we modifying our world?|
|700-799||General Sciences||How can we explain the world around us?|
|800-899||Art||Where do we find beauty, relief, and expression?|
|900-999||History||What was the world like in the past?|
For the backlink graph presented in Obsidian, the depth of notes will be represented by the saturation of the node color.
Each document will have a few pieces of necessary information, namely relevant tags, date, and backlinks. These will be included in every header for providing quick context.
All that’s left to do is populate! I’ll be adding to this library as I go along. In the meanwhile, I’ll also be doing the following
Tags: #setup #generalities #semibaked
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